People v. Allen

Decision Date07 October 1993
Citation623 N.E.2d 1170,82 N.Y.2d 761,603 N.Y.S.2d 820
Parties, 623 N.E.2d 1170 The PEOPLE of the State of New York, Respondent, v. Antionette ALLEN, Appellant.
CourtNew York Court of Appeals Court of Appeals

Amy Donner and Philip L. Weinstein, New York City, for appellant.

Richard A. Brown, Dist. Atty., Queens County, Kew Gardens (David C. Wu, Steven J. Chananie and Pamela J. Lynam, of counsel), for respondent.

OPINION OF THE COURT MEMORANDUM.

The order of the Appellate Division, 186 A.D.2d 576, 588 N.Y.S.2d 798, dismissing the appeal to that Court should be reversed and the case remitted to that Court for the entry of the appropriate dispositional order.

Defendant's plea allocution demonstrates a voluntary and intelligent waiver of her right to appeal from any and all rulings made by the trial court in connection with her case, including the negotiated sentence, which the court ultimately imposed (see, People v. Moissett, 76 N.Y.2d 909, 563 N.Y.S.2d 43, 564 N.E.2d 653). Taken in context, the court's statements that defendant was waiving her right to appeal from "anything that has happened up to this point" cannot be viewed as a limitation on the scope of defendant's waiver, but rather as an indication that the waiver was intended to be all encompassing. Accordingly, there was no legal error in the Appellate Division's refusal to consider defendant's appellate claims regarding the purported excessiveness of her sentence (cf., People v. Seaberg, 74 N.Y.2d 1, 9, 543 N.Y.S.2d 968, 541 N.E.2d 1022 [a defendant may not effectively waive the right to appeal the legality of the sentence].

However, the appropriate disposition in such instances is an affirmance of the judgment and sentence, not dismissal of the appeal (People v. Callahan, 80 N.Y.2d 273, 285, 590 N.Y.S.2d 46, 604 N.E.2d 108).

KAYE, C.J., and SIMONS, TITONE, HANCOCK, BELLACOSA and SMITH, JJ., concur.

LEVINE, J. taking no part.

Order reversed and case remitted to the Appellate Division, Second Department, for further proceedings in accordance with the memorandum herein.

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